Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced preliminary financial results for its first quarter 2014. Sales results were below the company’s previous revenue outlook, primarily due to softer demand in the North America Government business along with lower than anticipated Enterprise sales. Non-GAAP earnings per share were within the range of the company’s previous earnings outlook. First quarter sales are expected to be approximately $1.8 billion, down approximately 9 percent from the first quarter of 2013. Full-year total company 2014 sales are now expected to decline low single digits while operating margins are expected to be comparable to previous guidance. This full-year sales outlook assumes Enterprise growth and a low- to mid-single digit decline for the combined Government and iDEN business. The company will provide full earnings results on its call, now scheduled for May 1.
GAAP operating earnings in the first quarter of 2014 are expected to be $170 million or 9.4 percent of sales. GAAP earnings per share are expected to be $0.49.
Non-GAAP* operating earnings in the first quarter are expected to be $212 million or 11.8 percent of sales. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter are expected to be $0.50, within the company’s previous guidance.
Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, said: “Revenues in the quarter did not meet our expectations due primarily to lower than expected volumes in our North America Government business in addition to a push out of certain Enterprise orders late in the quarter. While revenues were less than anticipated in the first quarter, we remain confident that we are well positioned for long-term profitable growth based on our strong pipeline position. We remain committed to our value creation strategy for our shareholders, which combines profitable growth with significant and consistent capital return programs.”In a separate press release issued today, Motorola Solutions announced the sale of its Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion. The release can be found on the company’s website at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor. Transaction Conference Call and Webcast Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of the Motorola Solutions conference call discussing the announced pending transaction between Motorola Solutions and Zebra. The conference call will be held at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time today. To listen to the call, visit the company’s website at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor. First Quarter Conference Call and Webcast Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, May 1. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor. Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included Non-GAAP measurements of results. We have provided these Non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand our core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to our competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The Non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of Non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the Non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these Non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.